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Outdoor Trends for your Summer Gathering

Here at we know that Summer weekends are one of life’s little luxuries and one of the few times of the year when you can truly kick back, relax and enjoy your backyard and the warm weather and sunshine that are finally  here to adorn it.

With that in mind, we could think of no better person to talk to than Holly Attfield, who is an architectural technologist and project manager with Ontario Screen Systems Inc., Ontario’s distributor of Phantom Screens

Holly is an expert at helping people redefine the way they look at their backyard with the goal of adding both luxury and tranquility to their summer gatherings.

In the past, many thought of their backyard as a piece of land for growing vegetables and letting your dog out to do its business.

Today, you can create a personal oasis from the hustle and bustle of everyday life by extending the comfort of indoor amenities to an outside living space and Holly is going to teach us the four steps that all homeowners can take towards that goal

Step #1 – Spend more Time Outdoors

Attfield suggests that, instead of strictly using your backyard for utilitarian purposes, that homeowners expand your relaxation footprint and develop an outdoor living room. Create the same atmosphere that is found inside your home by integrating large, comfortable outdoor sofas and ottomans. Let your backyard be your playground and use bold colors. Control the evening ambiance by strategically placing outdoor lights that can be adjusted to the desired intensity.

Invite your family and friends to a summer movie or sports-viewing party after you install a weather-proof flat-screen TV and stereo system. You’ll certainly see plenty of RSVPs! Control the temperature by setting up ceiling fans to circulate warm summer air and heating lamps to breathe warmth into your outdoor living space.

Step #2 – Blend Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

Attfield recommends turning your outdoor living area into a climate-controlled room using Phantom’s motorized screens with new clear vinyl retractable walls. Perfect for keeping away rain and wind, they create a room that, seconds before, was an outdoor patio or porch. Let that weekend dinner gathering last well into the evening while keeping both insects and the weather at bay.

If you have double French doors leading to your deck or patio, a set of Phantom’s retractable door screens forms a nearly invisible separation between your indoor and outdoor rooms. Double Phantom Screens are truly the only aesthetically pleasing way to screen a double door, whether in-swing or out-swing.

Step #3 – Feature Fire or Water

In order to bring a calming element into your space, Attfield recommends introducing a flowing water feature. The soothing sounds of bubbling water streaming from a constant source can add a sense of tranquility that rivals most day spas. There are many ways you can integrate flowing water, including cascading waterfalls or ponds. Koi and other aquatic life transforms your backyard into a relaxing, Eastern-style garden.

If you really want to tie your project together, think about integrating either a built-in fireplace or a fire pit. These attractive, useful heat sources are ideal for romantic nights alone with your significant other or large family and friend get-togethers that keep people chatting well into the evening hours.

Step #4 – Foodify Your Space

Love to feed your family and friends? Attfeild suggests turning your patio into an outdoor kitchen. Alongside your stainless steel grill, incorporate an island eating area so you can have company while you cook. Solid surface counters, like granite, are the most popular choice for outdoor kitchens. Don’t forget about installing a bar sink so you can quickly wash up after basting the meat.

Using retractable screens by Phantom Screens ensures that your home’s design aesthetic is maintained and the view to your beautiful backyard isn’t blocked. So go ahead, do something great with your backyard! Visit  or call 1-888-PHANTOM for more information about enhancing your summer.


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